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What’s the difference between Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop?

Question by Michael: What’s the difference between Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop?
Hi. I want to take some web design and graphics course. I want to design web pages with lots of nice graphics. I planned to take flash but I also want to take one of Illustrator or Photoshop.

It seems Illustrator and Photoshop are similar? If I can afford to take one course for those then which one is more useful? It seems they both can do photo or image edit?

Also employer will prefer which one better?


Best answer:

Answer by P&G
There is a significant difference between Photoshop and Illustrator. Photoshop is a raster based program while Illustrator is Vector Based. That means that in Photoshop you work with images made up of dots. In Illustrator you work with images made up of lines and shapes made with lines and curves and stored as mathematical equations.

Photoshop is head and shoulders better for editing photographs. Illustrator is better for precise drawing and drafting. Photoshop is easier to use because the interface more closely mimics conventional methods of creating or editing an image. Illustrator’s great strength is that vector images are infinitely scalable with no loss of resolution or sharpness.

Photoshop will probably be more versatile for web design. Of the two, it is certainly the one to learn first. But most artists end up using both.

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